Last night I discovered the true meaning of a sensational evening. It began with a couple of drinks at the lounge in the lobby after a long day of demonstrations, introductions and travel to various training departments all over Delhi.
Upon entering it became very prevalent that having Australian High Commission on our hotel booking was a big deal. We were seated at a “promised” table, served our gin and whisky large by a waiter that was attentive beyond belief, smile that could warm a room and one of the kindest people I had encountered on my travels.
He not only made sure we received the very best of service, constantly refilling our accompanying snacks and drinks alike, each drink poured with class, the large glasses and the leather chairs raised above the rest of the bar all added to the experience.
We had made plans to have dinner at Bukhara, one of the top ten indian restaurants in the world. It was booked out each night with over a 2h wait for a table. Upon mentioning our desire to dine at this reputable Resturant, unsure if it was the Chefs jackets that myself and Josh still had on or if it was our reservation status in the hotel but they made Magic happen and made a table free for us. As we walked into this enchanting Resturant with an open kitchen, glass only thing separating the chef from the guest, our waiter from the lounge greeted us with our drinks all service which I had never experienced before. We then met with the manager of the Resturant Arjun Deep Shad, who treated us to a walk through the of the kitchen, meeting the chefs and learning about the kebabs and the Dahl that is cooked for 11h prior to service.
Our waiter in the Resturant had over 20 years experience, he was diligent, informative and we made it even more exciting by leaving the ordering in his capable hands.
So it begun with Papadums with a yogurt and a masala spice, then the Tandoori Jhinga jumbo prawns marinated in a “ajwain” mixture of yogurt, turmeric, red Chilli and Garam Massla. I won’t lie when I say you haven’t lived until your taste buds have experienced such a delectable dish.
That was followed by Sikrandari Raan, a whole leg of melt in your mouth lamb chargrilled in the “earthen oven”, also tried the Katstoori Kebab and the best butter naan and onion naan you could ever imagine. I will never order naan again, nothing compares, the lamination, crispness and textural perfection is second to none.
Finally dessert was served, an assortment of traditional indian dessert plates, All leaving my Taste buds tantalized, my heart warm from the service and best of all a night that has been imprinted into my head for many years to come. Upon leaving we were given a gift of a specially designed apron that had made to celebrate 35 years, we had photos and left feeling so proud to be a chef/baker/guest at the hotel IHC, New Delhi.